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MOMMY DEAD AND DEAREST

coming to hbo may 15, 2017

aBOUT THE FILM

 

SYNOPSIS: 

Things are not always as they appear, especially in the case of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard. Child Abuse, mental illness, and forbidden love converge in this mystery involving a mother and daughter who were thought to be living a fairy tale life that turned out to be a living nightmare.

What starts out as a grisly tale of matricide morphs into a rabbit hole of deception and unrelenting abuse, journeying towards the truth about what happened that night. Featuring exclusive access to Gypsy from prison and a trove of police interrogation tapes, medical records, and secret conversations, this HBO Documentary Film is a disturbing, first-hand look at a life arrested and the consequences of trying to keep someone young forever.  

AN HBO DOCUMENTARY FILM. 

 

 

Courtesy of HBO Documentary Films

"With a clear eye for the bizarre twists, absurdities and horrors that shape a tabloid story, filmmaker Erin Lee Carr is concerned first and foremost with that story’s real-life characters. Mommy Dead and Dearest gathers many voices to explain how, in the case of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s ballyhooed bond, loving togetherness was in fact a sociopathic stranglehold." sherri lindin for the hollywood reporter. 

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Mommy Dead and Dearest examines a case of such unlikely twists and turns that it would be nearly impossible to follow if not for director Erin Lee Carr’s fastidious and sound reporting. Through family interviews, home videos, medical records, police interrogation footage ... Mommy Dead and Dearest reveals an astonishing amount of access to a case more shocking and unnerving than the best fiction has to offer. This feels like a Gillian Flynn novel – Sharp Objects, specifically – but it’s real, and it’s worse." meredith borders for birth. movies. death.  

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screening dates

next: @hot docs in toronto canada

  • Sunday, Apr 30 @9:30PM Location: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
  • Monday, May 1 @1:30 PM Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • Saturday, May 6 @8:45 PM Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox 1

CREDITS

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: ERIN LEE CARR

PRODUCER: ANDREW ROSSI 

EDITOR: ANDREW COFFMAN

CO-PRODUCER: ALISON BYRNE

C0-PRODUCER: ANDREW COFFMAN

ORIGINAL MUSIC: IAN HULTQUIST 

DIRECTOR OF CINEMATOGRAPHY: BRYAN SARKINEN 

FIELD PRODUCER: CORA ENGELBRECHT

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: MARIELLE OLENTINE

FOR HBO

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: SHEILA NEVINS

SUPERVISING PRODUCER: SARA BERNSTEIN 

 

Our gratitude to Gypsy Rose and the Blanchard family for their participation. 

press

Please contact Donna Daniels for press inquiries at ddaniels at danielsmurphy dot com


the film

Have questions about the movie? erinleecarr at gmail dot com. 


GYPSY

Gypsy Rose currently resides at Chillicothe Correctional Center in Missouri. She enjoys mail and warm words.